Media Release: Time to Close the Immigration Loophole and End Illegal Profiling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 23, 2016

TIME TO CLOSE THE IMMIGRATION LOOPHOLE AND END ILLEGAL PROFILING

Advocates submit policy guidance to DHS to close profiling loophole
At critical moment, as Obama Administration dismantles Muslim special registry, guidelines to end profiling in immigration enforcement gains urgency, momentum

Today, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) submitted a widely supported policy guidance to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prohibit profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, language, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  Staff from the President’s Domestic Policy Council requested the model guidance language, after a year of relentless advocacy by NQAPIA.

In this time of political uncertainty and uneasiness, the administration’s dismantling of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) – which gave rise to “special registration” that targeted Muslims and devastated immigrant communities after the September 11 attacks – was welcomed by advocates.

“The LGBTQ communities of color that NQAPIA represents have faced an unprecedented acceleration of violence and continue to be mistreated and singled out at airports, their neighborhoods, and peaceful gatherings,” said Sasha W., NQAPIA Organizing Director.

”Now is the time for DHS to build upon the elimination of National Security Entry-Exit Registration System and close the loophole to prohibit profiling in immigration enforcement,“ said Glenn Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director.

He continued, “Currently there is no policy against profiling in immigration enforcement.  The U.S Department of Justice issued a guidance in 2014 barring profiling, but exempted the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies. As a matter of federal public policy, it is actually permissible for TSA, ICE, and CBP to assert that someone is a threat based on no other information other than what is profiled.”

A model for change

For the past year, racial justice and immigrant rights advocates have been pushing to close this gaping loophole.  To assist in DHS in is effort, NQAPIA developed the model guidance language to enact desperately needed protections against profiling.

The model guidance prohibits DHS and its agencies from using race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity as the sole basis for monitoring, investigating, stopping, detaining, questioning, or searching an individual, or placing an individual into detention or removal proceedings.  It also details:

  • Examples of inappropriate uses of profiling in border security, national security, and state and local law enforcement.
  • A complaint process for addressing allegations of profiling.
  • A remedy for when inappropriate profiling is used. Resulting detention or deportation should be deemed improper and revoked, as already exists in criminal proceedings where wrongfully obtained evidence is suppressed.

Racial profiling has been used in federal programs that have ravaged communities of color such as the “War on Drugs,” “War on Terror,” and in immigration enforcement abuses that created laws like Arizona’s SB1070 and other collaborations between Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement.

Profiling has been widely rejected both on moral grounds and because of its ineffectiveness. Republican President George W. Bush issued the first set of federal guidance barring profiling in law enforcement in 2003.  There is widespread and bipartisan support against profiling and support for closing the DOJ loophole.

To that end, NQAPIA delivered over a thousand postcards and hundreds of e-petition signatures to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, demonstrating mass-based support for the end of profiling in DHS. NQAPIA also organized a protest on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 demanding an end to legalized profiling.

“There is no more urgent time than now to close the profiling loophole and end illegal profiling. We urge the President to take immediate action on this issue,” concluded Magpantay.

Contact: Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director, glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org

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The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations.  We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.

NQAPIA 2015 News Magazine

2015 Annual Report

Read about NQAPIA activities in 2015 and what our local organizations have been doing in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities.

Highlights:

  • NQAPIA National Conference
  • Family Acceptance: Family is still Family, Love is still Love
  • Rise Up! National Week of Action on Immigrants’ Rights
  • LGBT Asian/South Asian Lawyer Receptions in NY, SF, & DC
  • Community Catalyst Awards
  • Regional Roundup
  • Immigration Update
  • 2014 Financial Statement

Flip through the 2015 Issuu: https://issuu.com/nqapia/docs/nqapia_2015_newsletter_issuu.

NQAPIA 2014 News Magazine

2014 Annual Report

Read about NQAPIA activities in 2014 and what our local organizations have been doing in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities.

Highlights:

  • 2014 by the Numbers
  • President Obama takes Executive Action on Immigration
  • Hooray for our Allies!
  • LGBT Asian American/South Asian Lawyers Networking Receptions in DC, NY, & SF
  • Regional Leadership Summits
  • AAPI Parents who Love their LGBT Kids
  • Community Catalyst Awards
  • NQAPIA Growing & Changing
  • Regional Roundup
  • Member Spotlight: Muslim Alliance for Sexual & Gender Diversity

Flip through the 2014 Issuu: https://issuu.com/nqapia/docs/nqapia_newsletter_2014-final.

What Have We Done? NQAPIA December E-blast

 

We’ve done a LOT, that’s what!  It’s been quite a year, and we’re glad you’ve been along for the ride.  Thanks to everyone who joined us for the NQAPIA End of the Year Briefing. We’ll keep this monthly update short and sweet sowe can have even more to look forward to together in 2014.

In this e-blast, find out more information about the following:

NQAPIA Annoucements and Activities: NQAPIA Immigration and #Fast4Families, Creating Change

Around the Horn: Reaction to India Supreme Court Decision on Section 377

News and Notes: Marriage Equality in New Mexico and Utah

It’s not too late to make an end-of-the-year donation to NQAPIA.  Click here for more information.

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

NQAPIA Immigration:  Queer AAPIs joined the national #Fast4Families movement to keep attention focused on the need for immigration reform. NQAPIA Board members, volunteers, and staff did solidarity fasts the week of December 6-13 with the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and LGBT national partners, including Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Mark Takano (D-CA).

Creating Change:  NQAPIA is hard at work with the Planning Committee for the annual AAPI Institute for Creating Change; The National Conference on LGBT Equality, to be held January 29- February 2.  Are you coming to Houston this year?  There are LIMITED opportunties for support for participants to the AAPI Institute. Click here for more information.

Photo Caption: NQAPIA with NAPAWF-DC, NAKASEC, KRCC, and the Center for Community Change- an “AAPI Contingent” at #Fast4Families

 

Around the Horn: AAPI LGBT Action Across the Country

NQAPIA partners across the country joined a “Global Day of Rage” in reaction to the India Supreme Court’s ruling on Section 377 criminalizing homosexuality.  South Asian LGBT groups across North America issued a statement condemning the ruling, and rallies and vigils were held in cities like New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

 

News and Notes: Legislative and Policy Roundup

Marriage Equality: In the closing days of 2013, two states joined the marriage equality bandwagon.  On December 18, New Mexico became the 17th state to have marriage equality.  The next day, same-sex couples also began to marry in Utah, as a federal court ruling held Utah’s Amendment 3 unconstitutional and disallowed a stay. Currently, almost 40% of the United States population lives in a jurisdiction that has marriage equality, and we look forward to making that number bigger in 2014!

NQAPIA 2013 News Magazine

2013 Annual Report

Read about NQAPIA activities in 2013 and what our local organizations have been doing in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities.

Highlights:

  • NQAPIA Leadership Summit // Honolulu, HI
  • Fighting for Immigration Reform
  • Uncovering Our Stories: AAPI LGBTQ Immigrant Voices
  • DesiQ 2013
  • Regional Roundup
  • Hooray for our Allies
  • Strengthening the Infrastructure of the LGBT AAPI Community
  • Asian American Attitudes towards Same Sex Marriage: Much Work still Needed
  • AAPI Parents of LGBTs are Empowered!
  • Faith Corner
  • Board Shorts

Flip through the 2013 Issuu: https://issuu.com/nqapia/docs/nqapia_newsletter_2013-print.

June 2013 E-blast: LGBT Pride, Immigration, Community Catalyst Awards, and MORE

June is wrapping up on a high note!  With historic movement in Washington, DC on immigration and marriage equality, and unprecedented celebrations at Pride events around the country, Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities have been at the center of the action!

In this e-blast, find out more information about the following:

NQAPIA Annoucements and Activities:  Intern Corner, Immigration, and NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards

Around the Horn:   DesiQ, LGBT Pride

News and Notes:  Supreme Court, ENDA, SSA

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

Community Catalyst Award Flyer.Front

Intern Corner:  We are pleased to welcome interns Steven Cong and Elizabeth Duthinh to Team NQAPIA this summer.  Check out their reflections and observations every week on our blog.  This week, they offer their take on what’s been an historic week in the nation’s capital.

Immigration: NQAPIA took our communities’ voices to Capitol Hill as the Senate took an historic vote on comprehensive immigration reform.  With Tony Choi, a queer undocumented immigration from New Jersey, we delivered 2,700 postcards to the Senate, meeting with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards: We are pleased to announce our annual Community Catalyst Awards this year, which will be held at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu, HI.  Join us on Saturday, July 27 as we honor former NFL football player and LGBT activist Esera Tuaolo and UNITE HERE Local 5.  Check us out on Facebook for more information.

 

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Around the Horn: AAPI LGBT Action Across the Country

DesiQ

San Francisco, CA:  Hundreds of LGBT South Asians from around the world are converging on San Franicsco this coming weekend for the DesiQ conference.  NQAPIA is going to be there in full force July 4-6.  For more information, click here.

LGBT Pride:  We’ve been documenting local groups’ LGBT Pride contingents all month.  Cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Twin Cities, and Seattle are closing us out this weekend.  We are gathering images and stories about queer AAPIs making our voices heard.  Tell us your story at nqapia@gmail.com

News and Notes: Legislative and Policy Roundup

Photo from getequal.org

Supreme Court:  NQAPIA monitored a number of issues taken on by the Supreme Court in their recently concluded session.  While much of the news coverage (particularly in the LGBT media) has focused on marriage equality, NQAPIA weighed in on cases that were decided on issues such as Affirmative Action and Voting Rights.  We joined a national statement from the LGBT community expressing our disappointmenent on their ruling on Voting Rights.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): Out & Equal released a new report that explores the discrimination LGBT employees face in the workforce. You can check out their report here.

Social Security Administration (SSA):  Transgender communities got good news this month when the SSA announced new policies that will improve people’s ability to change the gender markers on their identity documents, including their Social Security cards.  Our friends at the National Center for Transgender Equality issued this factsheet explaining the new policies.

June 2013 E-blast: LGBT Pride, Immigration, Community Catalyst Awards, and MORE

June is wrapping up on a high note!  With historic movement in Washington, DC on immigration and marriage equality, and unprecedented celebrations at Pride events around the country, Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities have been at the center of the action!

In this e-blast, find out more information about the following:

NQAPIA Annoucements and Activities:  Intern Corner, Immigration, and NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards

Around the Horn:   DesiQ, LGBT Pride

News and Notes:  Supreme Court, ENDA, SSA

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

Community Catalyst Award Flyer.Front

Intern Corner:  We are pleased to welcome interns Steven Cong and Elizabeth Duthinh to Team NQAPIA this summer.  Check out their reflections and observations every week on our blog.  This week, they offer their take on what’s been an historic week in the nation’s capital.

Immigration: NQAPIA took our communities’ voices to Capitol Hill as the Senate took an historic vote on comprehensive immigration reform.  With Tony Choi, a queer undocumented immigration from New Jersey, we delivered 2,700 postcards to the Senate, meeting with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards: We are pleased to announce our annual Community Catalyst Awards this year, which will be held at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu, HI.  Join us on Saturday, July 27 as we honor former NFL football player and LGBT activist Esera Tuaolo and UNITE HERE Local 5.  Check us out on Facebook for more information.

 

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Around the Horn: AAPI LGBT Action Across the Country

DesiQ

San Francisco, CA:  Hundreds of LGBT South Asians from around the world are converging on San Franicsco this coming weekend for the DesiQ conference.  NQAPIA is going to be there in full force July 4-6.  For more information, click here.

LGBT Pride:  We’ve been documenting local groups’ LGBT Pride contingents all month.  Cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Twin Cities, and Seattle are closing us out this weekend.  We are gathering images and stories about queer AAPIs making our voices heard.  Tell us your story at nqapia@gmail.com

News and Notes: Legislative and Policy Roundup

Photo from getequal.org

Supreme Court:  NQAPIA monitored a number of issues taken on by the Supreme Court in their recently concluded session.  While much of the news coverage (particularly in the LGBT media) has focused on marriage equality, NQAPIA weighed in on cases that were decided on issues such as Affirmative Action and Voting Rights.  We joined a national statement from the LGBT community expressing our disappointmenent on their ruling on Voting Rights.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): Out & Equal released a new report that explores the discrimination LGBT employees face in the workforce. You can check out their report here.

Social Security Administration (SSA):  Transgender communities got good news this month when the SSA announced new policies that will improve people’s ability to change the gender markers on their identity documents, including their Social Security cards.  Our friends at the National Center for Transgender Equality issued this factsheet explaining the new policies.

January 2013 E-Newsletter

 

Posted 1/30/2013

The new year isn’t 31 days old and we’ve already hit the ground running!  Between our Board Meeting, Creating Change, and everything happening in Washington, DC, we’re keepin’ it movin’!

This e-mail includes the latest information about the following:

  • NQAPIA Announcements and Activities: NQAPIA Board Meeting, NQAPIA at the Inauguration and Creating Change
  • Around the Horn: New York, Portland, Philadelphia
  • News and Notes:  NQAPIA Statement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

As always, for more information, contact NQAPIA directly at nqapia@gmail.com, and check out our web site.

 


NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

NQAPIA Board Meeting: NQAPIA’s Board met on January 12-13 in New York City and voted to add three new board members- I Li Hsiao from Chicago, IL, Michelle Lee from Los Angeles, CA, and Alan Ratliff from Chicago, Il.  Welcome a”BOARD!”

Inauguration:  NQAPIA participated in a number of events over the weekend of President Obama’s second Inauguration.  Our comprehensive list of events throughout the weekend was one of the first lists publicly released and served as a resource for many guests coming to the nation’s capital.

Photo:  Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) during Inauguration weekend with NQAPIA Co-Director Ben de Guzman with Unid@s (LGBT Latino organization) Director Lisbeth Melendrez Rivera

Creating Change: NQAPIA is proud to play a leading role in coordinating activity for the AAPI communities every year at Creating Change: The National Conference for LGBT Equality.  It may have been the most AAPI Creating Change to date, as over 3,000 activists converged on Atlanta from January 24-27 to participate in a conference that included:

  • Two AAPI LGBT Keynotes:  Deepak Barghava and Jose Antonio Vargas
  • SAGE Leadership Award: Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • AAPI Institute: Over 90 participants in the third annual day-long Institute organized by NQAPIA, API Equality- Northern California and API Equality- Los Angeles, including 24 participants from China taking part in a leadership program through the LA LGBT Center.
  • An Entire Slate of Programming:  NQAPIA’s list of programming at Creating Change is here.

 


Around the Horn: Actions and Activities in the AAPI LGBT Community

New York, NY:  New York AAPI LGBT organizations and activists will, once again, be running the “Lunar New Year for All” LGBTQ contingent in Manhattan Chinatown’s historic Chinatown parade on Sunday, February 17.

Portland, OR:  API Pride- Portland is hosting their annual Lunar New Year Banquet on Saturday, February 16 at 6pm.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Philadelphia, PAhotpot! is hosting an important discussion on immigration, including NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs Ben de Guzman, on January 31.  RSVP via Facebook here.

 


News and Notes: National Legislative and Policy Updates

Statement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform:  NQAPIA issued a statement on the proposals presented by President Obama and the Senate that can be found on its web site.  NQAPIA launched its Comprehensive Immigration Reform Postcard Campaign at Creating Change during Jose Antonio Vargas’ keynote speech and plenary with other queer immigrant rights activists (look after 23:00 in the video).

 

 

In partnership,

Ben de Guzman

NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

December 2012 Newsletter

Queer Asians celebrating the holidays at the White House on December 15, 2012! Photo Credit: Iimay Ho

Happy Holidays!

As the year comes to an end, we wanted to wish you and yours the best.  It’s been quite a 2012, and we’re glad that you’ve been part of the journey with us and we look forward to an even better and brighter 2013!

This e-mail includes the latest information about the following:

  • NQAPIA Announcements and Activities: 2012 Newsletter, Giving Tuesday, Quarterly Briefing
  • Around the Horn: Chicago, IL, Creating Change
  • News and Notes: Statement on Senator Daniel Inouye, Immigration

As always, for more information, contact NQAPIA directly at nqapia@gmail.com.

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